Monday, January 23, 2017

Monday Make: Pokeball Hat

Monday Make: This week's project



I made the bigger boys one of these each for Christmas. It was quite challenging, not only making them in secret but also making them the right size in secret. I just had to hope they would fit ok and they seem to have turned out quite well. They are loved and that's what matters mostest.


I didn't keep track of what I was doing at the time, but after some serious stitch counting I've done my best to come up with a pattern for you. Hopefully this makes sense. I don't follow patterns well, so I don't actually know what a pattern looks like, but if you can do a basic double crochet stitch, I'm confident you can do this.
I used a size 3 hook.
Make 90 stitches in black, then chain stitch it together into a loop and give it another row.
8 rows in white.
2 rows in black
6 rows in red.
1 row in red decreasing every 15 stitches (you're basically dividing it up into 6ths).
1 row in red decreasing every 14 stitches.
1 row in red decreasing every 13 stitches.
2 rows in red decreasing every other stitch.
1 row in red decreasing every stitch.
You'll want to take the last few in the biggest bundles you can to stop it going all pointy.
Knot off your ends.

To make the circle, make 4 chain stitches in white, chain into the first to make a loop, then work 12 double crochets into it.

The next row is double so increase every stitch.
For the next two rows, increase every other stitch.
Then change to black and increase every 3rd stitch.
With a darning needle, stitch the circle onto the middle of the hat, tucking all the tied off ends inside.

I don't know how anyone else does it, but I stitch my loose ends into the crochet stitches a little and snip off the extra length.


I hope that makes sense, I've never tried writing a pattern before. 

Try it and let me know in the comments below if it worked/what went wrong. I'd love the feedback.
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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sensory Sunday: Loom Band Sensory Bottle

Sensory Sunday: Exploring the world with little fat fingers.


This week, inspired by Pinterest (as usual), I made Zander a loom band sensory bottle.

Easy as pie; put water, loom bands (not too many, think I used too many) and a few drops of glycerine in a bottle and seal it up.


I wish I had a got a photo of his face when I first showed it to him for you, but I was enjoying the moment, but I promise you it was absolute pure wonder. Then he promptly wondered off.

I took these photos a few days later.



He likes it, but once he's sucked on the ends for a bit he's done with it. It might be more loved by an older child who would either spend their time watching the bands swirl about, or try and get the thing open and flood the floor...
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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sticky Saturday: Roman Shield

Sticky Saturday: messy play fun with kids


I think I'm totally cheating by sticking this on here. On Monday night, Ed suddenly announced he needed to make a Roman shield in time for school the next day. At first I was annoyed but then I was like, screw it, let's do it.
We googled shield designs, learnt about the 'Testudo' manoeuvre and he got on with drawing his design. I made the shield for him with some spare cardboard, making it curved. He wanted to make it full sized but sadly there wasn't enough cardboard.
He then lovingly painted it with lovely bright acrylics and we left it to dry overnight. Thankfully it was ready for the morning - yay!
I do apologise for the sad faced photo, he really isn't a morning person.

Do you know what though, having spent the evening together crafting, I haven't felt this close to him in ages. Painting together gave us time to chat, just the two of us, we don't normally have, especially these days with little Zander taking a lot of my attention. I really must make more time to have more one on one with the older two, it was really special.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Inspiration: Caravan Sewing Machine Cover

Friday Inspiration: a picture of anything that makes me want to get creative.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

#tbt: Mr Strawberry's Pizza Cake

Throw back Thursday: taking a look at stuff I've made in the past.
 I can never get the red sauce quite right, but for a first attempt, this was amazing.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wreck it Wednesday: Make a Funnel, Drink Some Water

Wreck it Wednesday: a page from one of my journals.



Complete with photographic proof that we drank from the funnel.

About 'Wreck This Journal' by Keri Smith
(Description from Amazon)
It is book for those who've always wanted to draw outside the lines but were afraid to do it. For anyone who's ever wished to, but had trouble starting, keeping, or finishing a journal or sketchbook comes Wreck This Journal, an illustrated book featuring a subversive collection of suggestions, asking readers to muster up their best mistake - and mess-making abilities to fill the pages of the book (and destroy them).
Through a series of creatively and quirkily illustrated prompts, acclaimed artist Keri Smith encourages journalers to engage in "destructive" acts - poking holes through pages, adding photos and defacing them, painting with coffee, colouring outside the lines, and more - in order to experience the true creative process. With Keri Smith's unique sensibility, readers are introduced to a new way of art and journal making, discovering novel ways to escape the fear of the blank page and fully engage in the creative process.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tempting Tuesday: Minecraft Cake Cake

Tempting Tuesday: trying not to kill my family with my experimental cooking.



Ed turned 9 on Sunday asked for a Minecraft cake. There was a moment where I nearly launched the whole freakin thing when trying to put the icing on the top and it fell apart, but I'm glad I persevered. He was so thrilled! And it was very tasty.
It is vanilla sponge, whipped cream filling, chocolate butter icing with white regal icing cut to shape on the top with red regal icing squares just like on Minecraft.
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